In recent years, the riad, or typical Moroccan city house with internal patio, has been the object of considerable interest as a form of accommodation for tourists. In Marrakesh, Essaouira and all the most interesting cities in Morocco, large numbers of these riad have been redeveloped and turned into small luxury hotels, in which ethnic tradition combines with minimalist style to create an elegant mix with a truly distinctive appeal.
The magical textures of wood, fabric and ceramics; the subtle effects created by the water and the plants; the soft light streaming gently through the little windows and given off by the coloured lamps. The kaleidoscope of colours and sounds of the Moroccan streets remains on the other side of the front door of the riad; inside, peace, calm and privacy reign supreme.
A decorative and architectural style that has begun to take hold even outside of Morocco, starting with nearby regions such as Andalusia, where the Moroccan influence is an integral part of the local culture, and stretching as far as the USA.
Great small hotels – Small boutique hotels in Morocco
A selection of carefully concealed little architectural gems
Hotel Casa 1800
A small chain in the heart of Andalusia
Marrakech Hotel NYC
Just four blocks from Central Park, it is considered one of the trendiest hotels in the Big Apple
Pinterest – Moroccan style furniture
A Pinterest board dedicated to Moroccan furnishings and giftware (by Wanda Kawkaw)
A travel blog: four riads in five days (by Alys & Alex)